Today is Veterans Day, a day set aside to honor the men and women who have served our country in the Armed Forces. It is a time to give thanks God for these brave men and women — many of whom returned home with grievous injuries and others who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

As we reflect on the service and selflessness of our military veterans, this is also a good time to give thanks for our LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces. Since the Civil War, LCMS pastors have served as military chaplains. Today, there are more than 200 LCMS military chaplains — some serving on active duty here in the U.S. and overseas, some serving with Reserve and National Guard units, and some serving as chaplains with the Veterans Administration, Civil Air Patrol and Federal Bureau of Prisons.

A special insert to the November Reporter introduces the church to some of the LCMS chaplains serving today. In the cover article, Chaplain Michael N. Frese writes about the “constant danger” he and the troops live with daily in Afghanistan.

“There is nothing like death to focus us more clearly on life,” he wrote. “In this dangerous environment, I am God’s mouthpiece to share with them the life that Christ has won for them on the cross.”

You can also watch and share video interviews with Capt. Frese and others here.

The special Reporter insert also provides information about Operation Barnabas — a network of care to military members and their families as well as veterans. Local congregation-based Operation Barnabas chapters are now forming throughout the LCMS to serve veterans and service families in their communities. To learn more, see page 2 of the insert.

Finally, Chaplain Mark Schreiber, director of the LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces, has written a special commentary in observance of Veterans Day.

Please pray for our veterans, chaplains and military personnel. In addition to Ministry-by-Mail, LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces provides “God’s Word of Encouragement” to chaplains for distribution to those they serve. Your gift will provide materials for chaplains, service personnel and veterans and for everything Ministry to the Armed Forces does!